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University of Wisconsin-Madison

Eddie G. Gouge
Executive Director
Board on Human Sciences
(202) 478-6028

Marianne Klein
Program Staff Associate
Board on Human Sciences
(202) 478-6093


Board on Human Sciences

Representing the “Human” dimension of the “Sciences”

The Board on Human Sciences (BoHS), is an association of administrators of higher education units responsible for research/discovery, extension/outreach, and teaching/learning programs in the human sciences at universities across the country. Their members are committed to a national agenda that unifies disciplines within and beyond the human sciences to enrich people’s lives. Please take a look at our brochure.

Human Sciences

Purposeful integration that addresses issues challenging individuals, families and communities is the role of human sciences.  Solutions to major issues facing individuals, families and communities typically cannot be found in only one discipline. The human sciences bring together multiple perspectives to address human needs.

Professionals in the field of human sciences integrate the best thinking from various disciplines to address and solve important challenges that we face individually, as families and communities, and as a society. We integrate disciplines to solve practical, reoccurring problems that individuals, families and communities face.

Human Sciences at Work

Urban G.E.M.S. (Gardening Entrepreneurs Motivating Sustainability) is a positive youth development program that uses gardening to teach science, nutrition, health and wellness, culinary arts, and entrepreneurship. The desired long-term outcomes for Urban GEMS are to:

1.      Increase teen engagement in school/education through STEM and experiential learning program activities.

2.      Increase nutritional knowledge to improve healthy eating and decrease unhealthy eating habits among participants.

3.      Increase community involvement in changing patterns of food consumption.

4.      Produce young people who are on a pathway to success in work and/or higher education.

Urban GEMS was developed by Dr. Deanna Wilkinson and funded by the USDA/NIFA Children Youth and Families at Risk (CYFAR) program. Click here for more information about this very successful program at The Ohio State University .

BoHS Social Media Internship

The BoHS Board of Directors is pleased to announce that the three social media internship positions for the 2018-19 academic year have been filled. Please consider nominating a student from your institution for the 2019-2020 academic year. For more information please click here.

BoHS Awards for 2018 Announced 

Dr. Virginia M. Moxley – Dean emerita of the College of Human Ecology at Kansas State University – is the winner of the 2018 Lifetime Achievement Award.

Dr. Caroline E. Crocoll, Director of the Division of Family and Consumer Sciences at the United States Department of Agriculture’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA), is the winner of the Ellen Swallow Richards Public Service Award.

Dr. Judy Harrison, professor in the Department of Foods & Nutrition at the University of Georgia, is the winner of the 2018 Outstanding Engagement Award.

Dr. Rick Lewis, professor in the College of Family and Consumer Sciences and Director of the Bone & Body Composition Laboratory at the University of Georgia, is the winner of the 2018 Undergraduate Research Mentor Award.

International Federation of Home Economics 2020 World Congress

August 2 - 8, 2020 in Atlanta, Georgia. For updates check here.

BoHS Business Meetings

March 9, 2018 Business Meeting Minutes (draft)

November 13, 2017 Business Meeting Minutes

2018 APLU Annual Meeting -- New Orleans, LA

The 2018 APLU Annual Meeting schedule for the Board on Human Sciences can be found by clicking here.



You may access the archives of the Board on Human Sciences, Inc. by clicking here.


Meetings & Events Events


All Day
VSU Randolph Farm Pavilion, Virginia State University, 4415 River Road, Petersburg, VA 23806
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New Orleans, LA

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